How to Cruise Solo

Toying with the idea of setting sail on your own? Consider your age, your budget and — perhaps most important — your goal. Are you looking for romance? Enrichment? Rest and relaxation?

Take your pick, then dive in alone.

    

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If you have any illusions that cruising solo is likely to result in a steamy Kate Winslet-Leonardo DiCaprio smooch-fest in the bowels of the ship, let me disabuse you of that fantasy. (Besides, that affair didn’t end well.) I’m not saying it never happens, so please: if you met the love of your life at the buffet, spare me the hate mail.       

Here’s why you’re unlikely to find a soul mate on the sun deck: nearly 80 percent of people who take a cruise are married, according to a Cruise Lines International Association market profile. “Virtually no one travels alone,” the study said.       

But can you tip the odds in your favor? Yes. If you sign up for a singles cruise.

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